NBA Cities Toronto, Milwaukee, & New Orleans Proclaim NBHHCM 2K11
The NBA cities of Toronto, Milwaukee, and New Orleans will proclaim next month as NBHHCM (National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month). NBHHCM has been proclaimed for the month of June since 2009.
The NBHHCM 2K11 Proclamations will honor the 65th Anniversary of the NBA being founded, and the 35th Anniversary of the NBA/ABA merger of 1976.
The NBA was founded as the BAA (Basketball Association of America) on June 6, 1946 in New York City. June 6, 2011 will mark the 65th Anniversary date the league was formed.
The NBA/ABA merger of 1976 was announced on June 17, 1976. The merger allowed the league to grow from 18 to 22 franchises. The 4 teams added to the NBA were the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York (New Jersey) Nets, and San Antonio Spurs. June 17, 2011 will mark the 35th Anniversary of the merger.
The NBA (6-6-46) being founded, and the NBA/ABA (6-17-76) merger are 11-days a part as both historical events celebrate 100-combined years of Anniversaries during the year 2011.
Toronto was one of the "Original Eleven" NBA franchises of 1946 when they were the Toronto Huskies. The Huskies played only one season and folded after registering a 22-38 record. The ABA just like the NBA started as an 11-team league.
The City of Toronto was host to the first-ever NBA (the league was known as the BAA until 1949) contest on November 1, 1946 at the Maple Leaf Gardens vs. the New York Knickerbockers. The Knickerbockers defeated the Huskies 68-66 to win the first-ever NBA game. The Maple Leaf Gardens arena structure is still in existence.
The Milwaukee Bucks is the franchise where the NBA's all-time leading scorer (38,387) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar started his legendary career. He won an NBA Championship with NBA icon Oscar Robertson in 1971 when the Bucks defeated the Baltimore Bullets to win the NBA title. Kareem was traded to the LA Lakers in 1975.
Jabbar is the only player in NBA history to win 6 NBA MVP awards. He also won 6 NBA titles (5-LA Lakers, 1-Milwaukee Bucks).
The Bucks became the 13th NBA franchise in 1968 when the league expanded from 12 to 14 teams. The other expansion franchise of 1968 were the Phoenix Suns.
The City of New Orleans was the first home to the Jazz from 1974-79 before the franchise moved to Salt Lake, Utah and became the Utah Jazz.
The New Orleans Hornets became the 24th NBA franchise in 1988 when the team started as the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets in 2002 moved to New Orleans and became the New Orleans Hornets. The team played games in New Orleans and Oklahoma City from 2005-07 due to Hurricane Katrina.
June is NBHHCM (National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month).